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Hawthorne Country Day School:
The admission process can start with a phone call, an email, or receipt of a referral. Typically, students are referred to the Hawthorne Country Day school through a district referral. The referral usually consists of a formal referral letter from child’s district along with current IEP, school reports and evaluations.
Once a referral is received and reviewed by admission committee, the family is invited to meet the program coordinator and/or a senior teacher to tour the program. During this interview process the parents/guardians get to visit some of our classrooms and meet some of our teachers and related service providers. During this visit the senior teacher will do some informal assessments in a classroom with the potential student.
Day Habilitation/Vocational Training and Group Homes (IRAs):
Typically, we receive referrals from Care Coordinators and parent/guardians. An interview is set up to meet the potential individual. Our Day Habilitation Coordinator meets with the family and/or care coordinator to discuss our program. A three-day trial is set up with the individual.
Group Homes – referrals are requested from Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Admissions committee reviews the referrals for the appropriateness of the opening in the home. A call is then placed to the Care Coordinator/Parent/Guardian to set up interview and home visit.
Hawthorne Country Day School is a 12-month program. HCDS operates on a regular school schedule with a six-week extended school year program. Summer program includes swimming lessons in our on-site swimming pool. Admissions is on a rolling admissions basis dependent on availability.
Self-Direction, Day Habilitation Program and Group Home admissions is dependent on availability and/or appropriate space.